Crystal Adventures® Shore Excursions

With more overnight stays and more exotic ports the world over, our curated collection of more than 2,000 Crystal Adventure shore excursions offers unparalleled options for truly personalized discovery.


Explore the world on a Crystal Adventure® and prepare to write a new story. A story of adventure trekking rainforests in Costa Rica or kayaking in Croatia. A story of culture eating the best pad thai in Bangkok or making pasta a la mano in a private Tuscan home. A story of simple pleasures, like tossing a coin in Rome’s Trevi Fountain or sipping cappuccinos at a Copenhagen café.

However you choose to write your story, Crystal will go to great lengths to make it happen. In addition to a vast selection of Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port of call, you can also consider these options:

Crystal Private Adventures®

For those seeking a very personalized and exclusive experience, we will customize your time ashore to your exact specifications—complete with advanced confirmation of itineraries, admissions, meals, transportation, etc. (pre-reservation is required).

Crystal Boutique Adventures

Introduced in 2013, these extremely intimate and unique tours are largely exclusive to Crystal and available to a limited number of guests only. Now tours include: Rhino Conservation Experience in South Africa, Cooking Lesson at a Michelin-starred Restaurant in Sorrento, Private Mass in the Sagrada Familia Crypt in Barcelona, and Site Running in Italy, New Zealand and Russia offering active guests the opportunity to combine fitness with sightseeing.

Private Services

Have your own private car and English-speaking driver waiting for you upon arrival in port, and decide what you want to do the day of; ideal for parties of 2 to 8, available for half- and full-day excursions; these can be booked via PCPC.

Private Options

For added exclusivity, groups of two people may elect to follow a published Crystal Adventure shore excursion itinerary with a private car and English-speaking driver.

“You Care. We Care.” Crystal Voluntourism Adventures

Offered complimentary on nearly every voyage, an opportunity to invest your time and heart in the future well-being of the places we visit.

Benefits of Booking a Crystal Adventure® Shore Excursion


No penalties in the event of inclement weather, site closures or sailing time changes


Operated only by licensed & reliable tour operators that meet and exceed Crystal’s high safety standards & insurance requirements


Provident the best available qualified guides, modern state-of-the art transportation & an in-depth luxury touring experience


Drop-off & pick-up points in each port perfectly planned and coordinated with your ship’s arrival & departure


Guests with a booking number and a deposit on record can now pre-reserve their Crystal Adventures shore excursions 6 months (180 days) prior to cruise departure using our online guest check-in portal, Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC).

No Hidden Fees

All-Inclusive pricing – all entry fees, admissions, refreshments, meals, etc. included as detailed in each tour description

Book Now - Pay Later

Pre-reserve your Crystal Adventures as far as 6 months in advance of your cruise and pay when you embark the ship

Flexible Cancellation Policy

The majority of tours may be cancelled within 24 hours with no fee. Restrictions apply.


Limited Group size for a more intimate and personalized experience ashore & while touring

Professional Team

Experienced Shore Excursion staff available to assist you on board, pier side and ashore

Crystal Difference

A Crystal Escort (onboard staff) to accompany most excursions to assist as needed

Complimentary Shuttle Service

Crystal Cruises is pleased to provide complimentary shuttle service in ports of call where the town or city center is beyond a reasonable walking distance from the ship’s pier. The shuttle schedule is announced in the onboard daily newsletter Reflections. Please note: We are unable to provide shuttle schedules prior to the start of a cruise. Schedules and the operations of shuttles are sometimes dictated by local authorities, traffic or security measures, which may create delays and, in some cases, prohibit shuttle service from operating inside the port area. Complimentary shuttle service is provided at the sole discretion of Crystal Cruises and is not guaranteed in any port.

How to View Crystal Adventures Online

Crystal Adventures are available online approximately 180 days (6 months) prior to the voyage departure date. Use our online Shore Excursion Finder to explore the dozens of excursions offered in each port of call on a specific itinerary. This easy-to-use interactive tool classifies our Crystal Adventures by type (eg. culinary, historical, wildlife, etc.), and activity level (soft, moderate, high and extreme adventure). You may also access the Crystal Adventures from the dedicated itinerary page for each voyage by clicking on the Crystal Adventures Shore Excursion tab.

To access a specific voyage itinerary page, search the four-digit voyage number (example: 3226) in the “search site— box in the upper right hand corner of the Crystal website. If you are unsure of the voyage number, or would like to browse for a voyage that suits your interests, you may also use our Voyage Finder.

Pre-Reserving Crystal Adventures Shore Excursions

To ease any concerns you may have about excursion availability, you may pre-reserve your Crystal Adventures online through Crystal's Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). Please note: You must have a deposited cruise reservation/booking and a completed Priority Check-in online form in order to make pre-reservations.

To log into PCPC, enter your first and last name and booking number, then select Crystal Adventures to make your pre-reservations. If you need to make modifications to your pre-reserved shore excursions, you may log into the Priority Check-in site up until 7 days prior to your sailing date.  You may also pre-reserve shore excursions on board, based on availability.  

Private Services

For guests wishing to design their private tour the day of arrival in port, we offer half-day or full-day private vehicle and English-speaking guide services (admissions and meals not included), where available. This is an ideal option for guests wanting the flexibility to create their day’s itinerary on the same day they arrive. Shore excursions with Private Services options will be listed on Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC) as:

• Private Half-day Car & English-speaking Guide
• Private Full-day Car & English-speaking Guide
• Private Half-day Van & English-speaking Guide (parties of 6-8 guests)
• Private Full-day Van & English-speaking Guide (parties of 6-8 guests)

Crystal Private Adventures

If you seek a more customized shore-side experience, the Crystal Excursion Team is happy to create private shore excursions, known as Crystal Private Adventures®.  For guests wishing to follow the same tour itinerary as select Crystal Adventures with more exclusivity and privacy or for those seeking a very personalized experience, we will customize your time ashore to your exact wishes – complete with advanced confirmation of itineraries, admissions, meals, transportation, etc.  (pre-reservation required).

To request Crystal Private Adventures before you embark, please download and print our Crystal Private Adventure Request Form. Complete all required information and fax the form to 310-286-2412 at least 14 business days prior to the voyage departure date. If you wish to request Crystal Private Adventures on board, please allow the onboard shore excursion staff at least 48 hours’ notice prior to arrival in the port. All Crystal Private Adventures are subject to availability. For additional terms and conditions, refer to the second page of the Crystal Private Adventures Request Form.

Crystal Boutique Adventures

Created for and offered exclusively to Crystal guests, Crystal Boutique Adventures feature exclusive excursions available to an extremely limited number of participants. Intimate and enriching, they allow you to explore a particular topic of interest or destination in depth, with the guidance of a local expert, usually in a private setting. These adventures have a tour code ending in “B— (eg. FUN-NB) to assist you in easily locating these programs. Boutique adventure experiences examples include: private visit and luncheon at a family-run winery in Funchal; a private viewing of the Contini Bonacossi Collection at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence; private cooking lesson and village stroll with a Michelin-starred chef in Taormina, just to name a few.

Late-Risers Adventures

Should you wish to sleep in a bit, or enjoy a leisurely breakfast without missing out on early morning shore excursions, Crystal is pleased to offer at least one fun and enriching tour on most afternoons of your cruise. So stay out a little longer, linger a little later, and enjoy your time ashore on your schedule.

“You Care. We Care.” Crystal Voluntourism Adventures

As one of the first luxury lines to fully embrace the notion of combining meaningful and educational tourism with adventure travel, we are very pleased to offer a complimentary “You Care. We Care.” Crystal Voluntourism Adventure on every itinerary (where possible). The “You Care.” element offers guests the opportunity to make a difference in the places we visit at a very local level, while the “We Care.” portion represents Crystal’s own investment in preserving precious historical sites around the world. These adventures focus on hands-on volunteer efforts with no obligation of financial donations. With the goal of improving destinations for future generations, Crystal Voluntourism Adventures allow guests to directly contribute to a need or cause specific to the community we are visiting.

Additional Questions?

For additional questions regarding Crystal Adventures shore excursions, Private Options or Crystal Private Adventures, call 1-866-446-6625. Written inquiries may be submitted by fax to 310-286-2412 or by email to

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